At 24, I have been living out a crash course in real life business 101. Here's a little bit of what I have learned so far.
Tip #1: Power Handshakes
You can tell a lot about someone by the way they shake your hand. Firmness, posturing and time indicate far more than where you sit at the conference table. On a scale of Jello to granite, you want to shoot for stale play dough: firm enough to let them know you're alive and capable, but gentle and malleable enough that you can adapt and prove that you're not some meat-headed Dolph Lundgren type. I've now mastered the power play handshake: extend the hand and give a firm shake but pay no attention to the recipient. In fact, it's best if you start a conversation with someone else so you don't look too interested. Right when they release pressure to indicate that they are done with the handshake, give them a good squeeze to show that you control the handshake, and you're not done with them yet. Don't shake for too long because that might make it awkward.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed Michael Jackson's moon walking, the funny masks from the Phantom of the Opera, I-Robot robot stuff, many of my own sweet dance moves which I regularly use and a fashion runway into one music video? Wonder no longer my friends. It happened.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
When I was in college I worked as a Baristo (note the "o" on the end which makes it far more masculine) at one of the finest coffeehouse pubs that I have ever set foot into. During business hours I was a professional business man making coffee professionally for other business professionals and students of Moscow Idaho. After hours, however, things happened. Stereo knobs were adjusted. I would like to dedicate this video to the memory of "Poco the Jamitor." His musical taste and dancing style overshadowed any language barriers that may or may not have existed.
(This is Poco, a legend among janitors)